Peter Saint-Andre: Aphorisms

Distrust all gurus; instead, be your own guru; even then, distrust yourself.

The easiest thing in the world is self-deception.

Perfection is not an option.

Happiness is the best revenge.

There's no monopoly on hypocrisy.

You don't have to achieve an ideal to benefit from idealism.

Philosophy is a verb, not a noun.

Ethics is what you do, not what you profess.

Someone who tells you how ethical they are, probably isn't.

Everyone is weird, it's a question of specifically how.

Having an open mind doesn't mean you need to close your eyes.

To avoid groupthink, avoid groups.

Demonization and deification are two sides of the same false coin.

Morality is telling people how to be; metaphysics is telling reality how to be.

Spend time with your friends; they can't be replaced.

Questions are quick; answers are slow.

It's always better to walk the path than to run the path.

A good life is embodied wisdom.

Don't puzzle over the meaning of life, but work to create a life of meaning.

Just because you have good and beautiful things of great worth, does not mean you are living a good and beautiful and worthy life.

Don't envy those who envy others.

The unexamined organization is not worth building.

The health of a team's culture is inversely proportional to the amount of time they spend saying how great it is.

Sometimes the best thing to do is not the fastest or most efficient thing to do. This is called learning.

I strive to shed my illusions as easily as the snake sheds its skin; yet the fact that I must strive shows how hard it truly is.

If someone tells you that your window of opportunity is closing, remember: a beautiful house has many windows.

If you can conceive of morality without god, why can you not conceive of society without government?

If you can conceive of spirituality without faith, why can you not conceive of government without coercion?

Democracy is what happens when people hold power — not their so-called representatives.

Any government that makes war on its own people has lost the consent of the governed and all moral legitimacy.

The problem with elections is that those who are elected think they are the elect.

A book of poems is like a box of chocolates — best not consumed in one sitting.

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